A legendary Celebration for the Best Results in History

On Tuesday 15th November Park House Students received a very special recognition from the other side of  the world for their hard work in securing Park House School’s best ever GCSE exam results.

Prize Giving

The legendary All Black No 8, Zinzan Brooke, presented the students with their awards as parents, friends, staff and Governors gathered to celebrate the students’ hard work.

In an incredible year that has seen the school featured in Panorama for its stand out approach to computer science teaching, receive a letter from the Secretary of State for Education recognising it as one of the top 100 schools in the UK for improvement, become an Active Movement School, and seen their Headteacher shortlisted as one of only 8 UK Headteachers for ‘Headteacher of the Year’ by TES, the school then gets the best ever GCSE Exam Results.

The Awards Evening celebrations took on a whole new level of meaning given that Derek Peaple, in the students’ final assembly before their GCSE exams had talked about the book ‘Legacy’ by James Kerr and the approaches used  by the All Blacks to become the most successful sports team of all time..

In his speech to the students right before the awards were presented Mr Peaple paid homage to the fact that the students had applied the lessons from the All Blacks’ approach, putting in the hard work that they needed to, shown the dedication and commitment required, gone the extra distance and in the words of Kerr ‘left the (Park House) Jersey in a better place’. ‘In fact’, Mr Peaple said, ‘they had in fact ’left the Park House jersey in the best place it has ever been in’.

After an uplifting welcome from students in the upcoming ‘Sound of Musicals’ performance

Zinzan Brooke, most famous for his 45m drop goal in the 1995 Rugby World Cup Final took to the floor to present the awards. He inspired students with tales of how experiences and chance opportunities in life can give you those skills and drive to apply yourself and achieve your dreams

The evening was a real celebration of the students’ achievement and 9 students received the Gill Appleby Memorial Prize which is awarded to students with 9 or more A* and A grades.

The evening concluded with Zinzan Brooke being presented with the print of a jersey design that contained the colours from every team that he’d ever played for, designed by the school’s wonderfully talented Head Girl and A Level Textile Artist, Katherine Langley.


Awards went to:

Luke Barlow for the best GCSE results (Paul Barker Memorial Prize). Luke was also recipient of the much coveted ‘Living the Values’ Prize which was introduced in 2012 to the student who most lived the Olympic values. Luke had been in Tanzania, working with a medical team in a hospital on results day.  

Luke Barlow

Other awards included:

Neil Jones Memorial Prize (the student who excelled academically) – Ellie Woodley

And the Gill Appleby Memorial Prize, traditionally awarded to students with 9 or more A* and As at GCSE was awarded to:

Lili Atraki,

Luke Barlow,

William Ceney

Charles Matthews

Fran Murrell

Alice Parker

Katie Part

Megan Somerville

And Ellie Woodley


Other prizes included:

Twin Town Award for Excellence in Languages – Maria Columbro

Work Related Learning Award – Liam Chandler

Governors’ Shield – Ruairidh Livingstone

David Welch Memorial Trophy – Joseph Robinson

David Clark Shield – Esme Mayled

Dawson Prize – Ben Sutherland

Trevor Fisher Memorial Prize – Lili Atraki

Schneider Memorial Prize - Hana Robinson

Governors’ Prize – Niamh Jones

Gordon Clewes Memorial Prize – Thomas Ingvorsen

Eileen Hanks Cup – Sophie Parker

J Roberts Shield – Joshua Reeves

Newbury Oils Cup – Miles Albert

Peel Cup – Izzy Fry

Gemini Services Awards – Carla Castell